Are you planning to bring your family including children with you to Salt Lake City? If so, here are some important things to know about Salt Lake City family attractions before you arrive in Salt Lake City.
- Many are free or inexpensive- unlike some bigger cities, most of Salt Lake City’s family attractions are free or inexpensive. This makes Salt Lake City a great place to visit with a family with children. Examples of places that are free or that cost less than $10 per person include: the LDS church family history library (recently remodeled to include a child friendly exhibit with ipads and interactive activities), the Discover children’s museum at gateway, This is the place state park and of course Utah’s parks and hiking trails.
- Most are closed on Sundays. With the exception of Temple Square, national parks and the Natural History Museum and Red Butte. If you are planning to go somewhere with your family on a Sunday, it’s best to call or check the website ahead to make sure that place is open.
- It’s best to have a car for easy access to most of them although you can access several of them by foot or via public transportation. Salt Lake City has excellent public transportation and most of the Salt Lake City family attractions in downtown can be accessed by walking. However, if you can afford to rent a car it is ideal but not absolutely necessary.
- Purchasing a multi-day pass or in some cases an annual membership will save you money. If there are more than 3 people in your family, you will want to check prices on multi-day memberships and even an annual membership. It may seem strange to buy an annual membership for a museum or park you are only going to visit once while on vacation, but it may actually be cheaper if you have a large family.
- Most attractions have a few free admission days per year. This is worth checking before you plan your trip. Although the free admission days at the zoo, and most museums are very crowed, but if your group is large enough you may want to consider checking them on on a free day.
- Most close by about 6 p.m. so it’s best to visit them early in the day. With the exception of temple square that stays open until 9 p.m. most of the museums and other Salt Lake City family attractions either close by 5 or 6 p.m. or only have one night a week that they stay open later. So plan your time accordingly and same the evening for restaurants, hiking, concerts and other activities that you can do at night.